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Name: Monstructor
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Super Warrior
Alternate Mode: N/A - Gestalt comprising Birdbrain, Bristleback, Icepick, Scowl, Slog & Wildfly.



COMBINED ROBOT MODE
Height: 14cm Width: 10cm

   The sounds you hear are the other nine gestalts laughing at this rather tiny fusion of Decepticons. Towering over Micromasters, Monstructor is as tall as Hot Rod and less poseable.

   The Pretender Monsters do have something of a colour scheme, since every component consists of two colours and shares each colour with a teammate. The end result of this is that Monstructor is jade (right arm and leg), pale yellow (left arm and leg), black (torso), gold (chest and right arm), claret (right leg, left arm) and purple (buried on his waist, also left leg). The add-on bits are mostly lilac - namely the feet, fists, groin and handgun, although the head is pale yellow with a pale purple face. The end result has themes but isn't really what I'd call unified. Sure, the attempted result is more than Abominus got, but the combination of light yellow, lilac and jade isn't so good. Yet Hasbro had proven capable of creating an effective, unified, Gestalt colour scheme the previous year on Piranacon.

   Since he's a small gestalt consisting of six toys, it's not really any surprise that this is a very stocky and bulky robot, which is unusual for gestalts, which are often lanky things. With the exception of a loose right fist, he holds together surprisingly well, thanks to a combination of dedicated connecting pieces (the groin for example) and some engineering on the individual toys which is purely for Monstructor's benefit. Some of it, like the blocks on Slog's arms, really hurts the components, whereas other aspect like Slog's socket into which Birdbrain fits, doesn't hurt at all. Of course it's the obtrusive stuff that leaves the impression.

   There's not a lot of play value, his arms swing and that's it. Of course, the play value is in the combining Pretender set. While he's smaller than the other gestalts, Monstructor's poseability isn't inherently worse - worse than some, equal to others.

   Looking at the combined form, it becomes obvious that a lot of the individual flaws come back to the limitations needed to make this combined form work. Considering how small it is and how bad some of the components are, I'm not so sure the sacrifices were worth it. While the robot form is decent, the colours don't really work and gestalt that looks up to Grapple isn't terribly impressive.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, however Dinoking, the combined form of the Japanese Dinoforce is a repaint whose components had different shells.

OVERALL

   The last gestalt released in G1 and the last one I'd recommend. The end doesn't justify the means either - four of the components aren't worth it either, so I can't really recommend Monstructor unless you're a completist or rabid Pretender fan (or both). The two components that are decent, Wildfly and Icepick, aren't much without their shells, either, which reduces the appeal of the gestalt itself further, since it doesn't utilise the shells. This is the only G1 gestalt I'd really recommend _against_ - 3/10 (one mark is simply because I like Icepick and Wildfly)

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